CLS Summer Blog Hop – Star Spangled Scrapbook Layouts

Happy Fourth of July, and welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer Blog Hop!  There are six of us blog hopping today and sharing some great summer scrapbooking ideas with you.  I’m the first stop on the hop, and you can find the link to the next stop at the bottom of my post.

I used the new Limited Edition Star Spangled Paper Pack from Creative Memories to create my 4th of July layout.  This paper pack is only available while supplies last and features traditional patriotic designs and true red, white and blue colors.  I was inspired by the name of the paper pack to create a layout featuring stars.  Currently, CM has three star-based tools that I used for my layout – the Star Border Maker Cartridge, the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch, and the Shooting Star Punch.

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Start your layout by creating a border for the top of your page.  Use the Original Border Maker System with Star Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from the light blue patterned paper.  Cut the border off of your paper at 1-1/2″ using the 12″ Decorative Trimmer.  Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a narrow 1/8″ piece from Red Cardstock for the bottom of the border.

Mat a 4″ x 6″ photo with Red Cardstock.  Create photo corners from 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ squares that are punched with the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

I created my jumbo star from 5 triangles that I matted with slightly larger triangle shapes.  Cut three 3-1/4″ x 4″ squares and two 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ squares from the red patterned paper.  Cut three 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ squares and two 4″ x 5″ squares from the light blue patterned paper.  Cut each square into a triangle as shown below and mat the red squares on top of the blue squares.  Assemble your star, by positioning the pieces in relation to your photo to get the spacing and shape that you desire.  I used Repositionable Tape for my star pieces as I had to tinker with them a bit.  I adhered my photo with Foam Squares.

The title piece is cut from one of the sheets of the Star Spangled Paper and double matted with light blue paper and Red Cardstock.  Punch the corners of the light blue paper with the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

To embellish the page, I cut the heart piece from a sheet of the Star Spangled Paper, matted it with Red Cardstock, and adhered it with Foam Squares.  The light blue flowers are from the Mix & Match Blue Bouquet Embellishments, and I punched the ribbon pieces using the Shooting Star Punch.  The stars in the centers of the flowers were punched using the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

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For my second page, I created a side border using the leftover triangle pieces from cutting the star pieces for the first page.  I repeated the top border, and matted my larger photo in the same fashion as my photo on the first page.  I included a journaling box and another paper flower embellishment.

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You can purchase all of the materials and tools used on my Creative Memories website.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today and joining our Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer Blog Hop!  Fran is the next stop on the hop.  Enjoy!

Karyn at Karyn Crops (You are here.)
Fran at Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Julie at Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
Lisa at Lisa’s Workshop
Candace at Scrappin’ Jpegs
Noreen at Organized & Creative Mom

Happy 4th and Happy Scrapping!
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Rainbow Scrapbook Layouts using Mix & Match Collection

Creative Memories has a new Mix & Match Collection that has been updated with fresh new colors and prints.  We have 5 paper packs and 5 embellishment packs in shades of Green, Blue, Pink, Yellow and Orange.  The colors are not too bright and not too light!  As the shades and tones remind me of the colors of a summer rainbow, I was inspired to create the layouts below.

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My first layout is a rainbow of colors that highlights the variety of paper prints in the collection and shows just how well they do mix and match.  There are some common prints across the 5 paper packs, and each pack also contains some unique prints.  There is also a nice mix of geometric and floral prints.

To make my layout, cutout the center of a piece of 12″ x 12″ Raspberry Cardstock leaving about a 1″ edge/frame.  Cut black cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to the raspberry frame.

To create the chevron shapes, cut your paper into 2-1/2″ x 1″ strips.  Using your Creative Memories 12″ Straight Trimmer, place the strip on the 30 degree angle line with the corner of the strip in the cutting grove and cut.  Rotate the piece around and place the opposite edge into the cutting groove keeping the strip lined up on the 30 degree angle mark and cut.  With all of your cuts, you’ll want to be as precise as you can as this will help with the arrangement on your layout.

Flip some of your pieces over, and use both the front and backsides of the strips as shown above.  I suggest arranging all of your pieces on the Black Cardstock first before starting to adhere.  Adhere your pieces leaving a small space between pieces.  CM’s Repositionable Tape Runner came in very handy for arranging the pieces.

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I included borders punched from Raspberry Cardstock using CM’s Original Border Maker System with the Dancing Daisies Border Maker Cartridge.  I cut the border apart and adhered it to the page in a zig zag pattern following the chevron pieces.  My photo is 5″ x 7″ and matted with Raspberry Cardstock.  I finished the page with epoxy and paper flowers from the Pink and Yellow Mix & Match Embellishments and a title using the new White Sans Serif ABC/123 Stickers.

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The sunburst pattern of my second layout evokes the look of a rainbow.  I created this layout using a traditional method of cutting strips to varying lengths and cutting the strips diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner to create wedge shapes.  After I completed my layout, Creative Memories introduced the new Sunburst Recipe Template which can be used to easily make my layout and many more!  Instead of giving step-by-step instructions to make my layout, I recommend purchasing the Sunburst Recipe Template since it can be used in many different ways.  (I amended my post to include the dimensions and cutting instructions for my layout.  Please see the bottom of this post.)

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The Sunburst Recipe Template comes with Multi-Purpose Clips to hold the template to your photos and papers when tracing and adhering.  It also comes with a Photo Labeling Pencil to use to trace the cutting pattern onto your photos.  Make sure to hold the pencil upright and not at a slant when tracing.  This will help to keep your template clean of pencil residue.  The waxy pencil easily wipes off of your photos, but do not use the Photo Labeling Pencil on your papers!  Stray marks will not erase from paper.  Instead lightly use a pencil to trace the pattern shapes onto your papers and use a regular eraser to lightly erase stray marks.  Again hold the pencil upright to keep pencil residue off of your template.  Please view this helpful video by Creative Memories.

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For my layout, I attached my pieces (including a piece from CM’s Black & White Paper) to a sheet of White Cardstock and then adhered a piece of 12″ x 5-1/2″ White Cardstock to the bottom of the page to cover up the areas where my pieces didn’t quite match up.  I also included a border punched from our new Leaf Green Cardstock using the Original Border Maker System with the Double Chevron Border Maker Cartridge.  My photo is 6″ x 4″ and matted with Leaf Green Cardstock.  The page is finished with paper flower and leaf embellishments from the Green Mix & Match Embellishments and stickers from our Black & White Stickers.

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My last rainbow layout is a breeze to make!  Just cut 2-1/4″ x 12″ strips from the watercolor wash prints from each Mix & Match paper pack and use CM’s Double Wave Tearing Tool to tear off 2″ from the bottom ends.  To easily tear the edges and preserve the double wave pattern, line up your paper strips edge to edge and place the tearing tool on top of the pieces to hold them down.  Tear each strip from left to right.

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Adhere your strips leaving about 1/8″ in-between strips and from the edges of the Black Cardstock.  My page is decorated with simple borders punched from Black Cardstock using the Original Border Maker System and new Camera Chain Border Maker Cartridge.  My photo mat is 8″ x 5-1/2″, and my photos are 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″.  I cut out a camera piece from one border to make my own camera embellishment, and I used our new Black Sans Serif ABC/123 Stickers for my title.  These new letter sticker packs contain lots of letters and numbers and also some additional cute icons, such as hashtags, arrows, and chevrons and also a few simple word stickers.

You’ll find CM’s new Mix & Match Collection to be very versatile with beautiful colors and very usable prints.  The Mix & Match Embellishments have also been updated to include new paper flower and leaf embellishments and also new epoxy embellishments.  The Camera Chain and Double Chevron Border Maker Cartridges are also very versatile and can be used on almost any kind of layout.  To purchase any of these items, please visit my CM website.

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Amendment:  Below are the dimensions and cutting instructions for the rainbow wedges in my sunburst layout.

Pink Piece:  4″ x 9″ and cut from top left corner to bottom right corner.  Use left side piece.
Blue Piece:  4″ x 12″ and cut from top right corner to bottom left corner.  Use left side piece.
Green Piece:  4″ x 11″ and cut from top right to bottom left.  Use left side piece.
Yellow Piece:  4″ x 9″ and cut from top left to bottom right.  Use left side piece.
Orange Piece:  4″ x 12″ and cut from top right to bottom left.  Use right side piece.
Black Piece:  4″ x 8″ and cut from top left to bottom right.  Use left side piece.

Assemble and adhere pieces to 12″ x 12″ sheet of White Cardstock leaving about 1/8″ in-between pieces.  Please see above for the rest of the layout instructions.
 

 

Secret Garden Scrapbook Layouts

Oh my goodness!  The new Secret Garden Collection from Creative Memories just might be their most beautiful collection yet!  It’s full of soft watercolor designs in shades of purple and teal.  The Fast2Fab Album with Pre-Designed Pages is absolutely stunning, and has received rave reviews from my customers.  At my recent weekend retreat, I sold 6 of the Fast2Fab Albums!  Personally, I love the Secret Garden Stickers most of all.  The sticker pack is full of lovely floral arrangements and sweet sentiments that are perfect for adorning pretty pages and cards!

We used the Secret Garden Paper and Stickers at my Crop Club last month.  At Crop Club, we use one page sketch, one pack of paper, one pack of stickers or embellishments, and some cardstock to make three double-page layouts.  Please contact me if you live in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area and would like to attend my Crop Club.  Or contact me if you’re interested in participating in my Crop Club by mail and would like to purchase my Secret Garden Crop Club Kit.  Below are the three layouts that can be created from the kit.

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We used a 1-2-3 Page Sketch created by my friend, Noreen Smith.  Noreen has created a series of simple sketches that require only three cuts from one sheet of designer paper, and she shares some of these sketches on her blog, Organized & Creative Mom.  She has recently created an e-book of sketches that you can purchase from her blog.

The first layout is adorned with Secret Garden Stickers and also punch outs from CM’s new Double Heart Punch and borders punched with the Doily Border Punch.  The corners of the journaling box were punched with CM’s new 4-Way Heart & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

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My second layout features a bottom border punched with the Original Border Maker System and the Picket Fence Cartridge.  The Picket Fence Cartridge is one of three cartridges that come with the system when purchased.  A thin 12″ x 5/8″ strip of designer paper was threaded through the picket fence to create a ribbon effect.

I also included a few hearts from the Double Heart Punch and another journaling box with corners punched with the 4-Way Heart & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

 

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My third layout features a lovely border that I created with the recently sold-out Teardrop Lattice Border Punch.  I punched one border and cut it in half lengthwise and adhered each half to each page and topped them with border stickers adhered with Foam Squares. (This is a good reminder that CM’s punches and cartridges for the Original Border Maker System are considered limited edition items and are only available in a set quantity.  These items are projected to stay in inventory for 3-12 months, but some sell out quickly.)

On all three of my layouts, you’ll notice that I adhered most of the flower, butterfly and title stickers with Foam Squares.  I love the added dimension that the Foam Squares provide to my pages.

You’ll also notice that all three layouts feature a different way to arrange five 4″ x 6″ and 6″ x 4″ photos.  However, you can crop your photos into smaller sizes and arrange them to your liking.

I love all three of these layouts and can’t decide which is my favorite.  Which one do you like best?  Please leave me a comment – I would love to hear from you!

I look forward to making and sharing more pretty pages with this beautiful collection!  Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing the materials to create these layouts.

Happy Scrapping!

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P.S.  You might like to join my private Facebook Group, Karyn’s Croppers.  I”m running a summer special that you won’t want to miss!

 

2018 National Scrapbook Day Layouts – Part 4

Hello! This is day four of my five days of National Scrapbook Day layouts using the exclusive National Scrapbook Kit, Paper and Stickers from Creative Memories.  These items are only available from a CM advisor.  If you don’t have an advisor, please contact me and I’ll be glad to help you get the materials.

The kit comes with instructions to make two layouts designed by CM, but I wanted to give the attendees of my up-coming National Scrapbook Day Workshop some alternative ideas for the materials.  And once I made a page, I couldn’t stop – the materials are so cute and perfect for my birthday party photos!

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I used white cardstock as the base of these pages and added multiple strips of designer paper.  From top to bottom, the size of the strips are:  1/2″, 2″, 5-1/4″, 1-1/2″, and 2″.  The 1-1/2″ yellow strip was placed under the bottom of the blue piece.  I punched the bottom of the blue piece using the Original Border Maker System with the NEW Double Chevron Cartridge.  I love this new border cartridge – it’s such an interesting and versatile pattern!

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I cut the border sticker at the bottom center of the page and adhered it with Foam Squares.  All of the other stickers are also adhered with Foam Squares.

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My journaling box is 3-1/4″ x 2″, and again all of the stickers are adhered with Foam Squares.  I used the Black Dual-Tip Pen to add faux pen stitching to both pages.

 

I’ll see you back here tomorrow for my fifth and final day of National Scrapbook Day layouts!  Bye for now…

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2018 National Scrapbook Day Layouts – Part 3

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Hi!  I’m glad that you’re back for Part 3 of my 2018 National Scrapbook Day layouts!  The National Scrapbook Day materials are such a happy collection of papers and stickers and are perfect for photos of a birthday party!  Stay tuned as I still have two more layouts to share with you.

The National Scrapbook Day Kit, Papers and Stickers are exclusive items only available from a CM advisor.  If you don’t have an advisor, I would be glad to help you get the items – just send me a message!

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Last weekend, I attended an event for Creative Memories advisors, and this is my interpretation of a page sketch that was shared with us.  I used two sheets of white cardstock as the base of these pages.

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The wide border consists of multi-colored pieces that measure 12″ x 1″ and 12″ x 1/2″.  I cut these pieces in relation to the pattern on the paper.  I wanted the rows that had yellow scallops.  The four royal cardstock strips are 12″ x 1/4″, and the green striped piece is 12″ x 3″.  I used the Original Border Maker System with the Button Cartridge to punch the final piece of the border.  The title stickers are adhered with Foam Squares.

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I used the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Cutting Pattern and the blue blade on the inside edge to cut the three circle pieces at the bottom of the page.  The stickers are adhered with Foam Squares.

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I cut the circles for my ice cream cone using the Custom Cutting System with the medium-sized Circle Cutting Pattern and red blade on the inside edge.  I started with a 2-1/2″ x 3″ rectangle for the cone.  To make a cone shape, cut on a diagonal from the top corners down to the center of the bottom edge. I cut the cherry from red cardstock using the smallest Circle Cutting Pattern and the blue blade on the inside edge.  I highlighted the cherry with the Silver Metallic Dual-Tip Pen, and adhered it with a Foam Square.

My photos are 4″ x 6″ and 4″ x 4″, and my photo mats are 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4 and 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  For my journaling, I drew uneven wavy lines to write above.  And I finished the layout with faux pen stitching using the Dual-Tip Black Pen.

See you back here tomorrow!  Happy Scrapping!

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2018 National Scrapbook Day Layouts – Part 2

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Welcome back for my second layout featuring the exclusive National Scrapbook Day Kit, Papers and Stickers from Creative Memories!  These materials are super cute and perfect for pages featuring children.  I still have 3 more layouts to share, so make sure to come back and visit with me over the next three days.

If you don’t have a CM advisor, I would be glad to mail these exclusive items to you as they are only available directly from an advisor.  The kit is $12.50, and the coordinating paper pack is $5.00 – plus everyone who purchases from me will also receive a coordinating sticker strip for free.

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As with my first layout, these pages also started as single pages that I later put together as a double-page spread.  If I had started as a double-page layout, I would have done something different with my banner stickers.  But since I had already added the faux pen stitching, I decided not to move them.

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For the first page, I used the orange print paper as the base and added a 6″ x 12″ piece of the green striped paper.  I punched an edge of the white print paper with the Original Border Maker using the Scallop Dot Cartridge and cut it off of my paper at 2″ wide.  The peach patterned strip is 3/4″ wide.

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To make my ice cream cone, I cut my photos using the Custom Cutting System and the smallest circle cutting pattern with the red blade on the outside edge.  The yellow print, red cardstock, and royal cardstock photo mats were cut on the outside edge with the blue blade.  The cone piece is 4-1/2″ wide and cut on a diagonal from the outside corners to the center of the bottom of the piece.  I matted the “cherry on top” sticker with a red cardstock circle cut from the medium circle pattern on the inside edge with the blue blade.  It is adhered with a Foam Square as are all of the other stickers.

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The orange print paper is also the base for the second page.  The green striped strips are 3/4″ and 2″ wide.  The wide scalloped border is 1-1/2″ wide, and the peach print strip is 3/4″ wide.  My two photo mats are 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, and my six photos are cropped to 1-7/8″ x 4″.  All of the stickers are adhered with Foam Squares.

Lastly, I used the Dual-Tip Black Pen to add some faux pen stitching.  I love how the simple use of a pen can add so much to a page!

I’ll see you here again tomorrow with another National Scrapbook Day layout!

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2018 National Scrapbook Day Layouts – Part 1

With National Scrapbook Day right around the corner, I thought that I would share some layouts that I made with this year’s exclusive National Scrapbook Day Kit and National Scrapbook Day Paper from Creative Memories.  These materials are only available directly from a CM advisor.  If you don’t have an advisor, I would be glad to mail a set to you.


The kit comes with instructions to make two double-page layouts.  But I decided to combine materials from the kit, the coordinating pack of paper, and also the exclusive individual sticker sheet to create my own pages.  I went a little crazy, and used most of two kits, two packs of coordinating paper, and two of the single sticker strips to make 5 double-page layouts of photos from my granddaughter’s last birthday.  If you love these materials and my pages, you might want to get 2 packs of each as they are limited edition items.  Please keep checking back as I’ll be sharing a different two-page layout with you over the next 5 days!

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At first, I made these as individual pages but decided that they would work together as a double-page layout.  I love the bright fun colors, stickers, and my large cherry embellishments on these pages!

To start, cut the background papers to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to pieces of 12″ x 12″ royal cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, you may cut out the centers of the royal cardstock first.

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To make the border, punch one end of the blue paper using the Original Border Maker with Scallop Dot Cartridge.  Cut off of your paper at about 2-1/2″ wide.  Add a 1/2″ yellow strip and a 1/4″ dark orange strip.  Punch small circles from yellow paper, and start layering the circles with your stickers.  I cut my stickers off of the sticker sheet with scissors and played with my positioning before removing the backing and adhering them to the page.  I also used Foam Squares on most of the stickers.

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To create the cherry journaling box, use the largest circle cutting pattern from the Custom Cutting System.  Use the blue blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from white cardstock and the green blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from red cardstock.

To create the stem, I used the medium sized circle cutting pattern with the blue blade on the outside edge to cut about a quarter of the way around the cutting pattern.  Without moving the paper or the cutting pattern, I used the red blade on the outside edge to cut in the same spot.  To make the leaves, I used the inside cutting edge and the green blade to create teardrop shapes.  I adhered my top leaf with Foam Squares.

I used the same technique as above to create my double cherry embellishment on the second page.  The smaller cherry is cut from the smallest circle cutting pattern using the red blade on the inside edge.  I used the blue blade on the inside edge of the medium sized circle cutting pattern to cut a red cardstock circle for the sticker.  I adhered this finished piece and the top leaf with Foam Squares.

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My photos are cropped to 4″ x 4″, and my mats are 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and cut from royal and red cardstock.  I cut the border sticker and adhered with Foam Squares on the top and bottom of my photos.

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Lastly I used our Red Dual-Tip Pen to add faux pen stitching around the scalloped edges of the border sticker on the top and bottom of the photos and also on both sides of my side border.  I used the Red and Green Dual-Tip Pens to add faux pen stitching around my cherry journaling box and embellishments.  I also used our Silver Metallic Dual-Tip Pen to add a little detail to the small cherry.  I love how the addition of the pen work really helped to make these pages pop!

Please send me a message if you need helping purchasing these materials, and please check back tomorrow for another double-page layout!

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